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RATINGS: 941   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ales big brother, this stock ale is remarkably balanced for such a highly hopped beer. A rich deep blood red color makes this beer scary enough to be served every Halloween and a few other times of the year.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
355mL courtesy of tastybeer. Poured a clear, rich amber with a towering, yellow, healthy head with excellent retention and leaving very nice webby lacing. Aroma is resiny, malty, earthy, rich oatmeal, bran cereal. Taste has the characteristic Great Lake rye malt earthiness, raw oatmeal body but this has some slight piney hops to balance. No spicy alcohol poking through. Rich, creamy palate. Chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9920) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2010
On tap at Hop Leaf Chicago (second visit). Dark, burnt orange amber. Foresty, piney aroma, perfumey and sweet. On the palate: huge hop attack, sticky caramel malts, nice bitterness in the finish. Big and tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9891) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle thanks to Crizay I believe, from a trade a while back. Pours a clear crimson hued brown with a diminishing medium sized beige head. Aroma is soft old malt heavy with plum and caramel. Spicy with some oxidization and a bit of malt. Finishes up dry and with some big bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9782) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines. Pours a slightly cloudy ruby red color with a small eggshell head that leaves only a thin rim around the sides and a few bubbles on top. Nice aroma of raisin, black cherry, sweet roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, and citrus hops. The flavor is just a notch below the aroma, with notes of caramel, sweet roasted malts, pine hops, alcohol, dark and dried fruits, spices, and mixed nuts. Light-medium bodied, sweet early and bitter late. Lingering alcohol aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9727) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear reddish copper color with a medium sized fluffy off white head. The aroma displays a nice blend of sweet caramel and toasted bready malts paired with fresh citrus and grassy hops. The flavor has a nice toasted malt base that is covered in caramel. The citrus and grassy hops pop from this with a moderate amount of bitterness. There is a slight hint of spice, perhaps pepper, that works in at times. Finish is dry with moderate bitterness; no alcohol. Medium bodied, a touch oily. This is another solid offering from Great Lakes that I dont get to enjoy as much as I should.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2011
12oz bottle. Clear ruby red color, foamy light tan head. Lots of dark little particles suspended in this beer. Sporadic lacing. At the liquor store today, a fellow beer nerd was talking trash about this "stock" ale. Is a stock ale the same thing as an imperial red? What is a stock ale, is this one? Any way... This has a great hop nose with some rich spicy caramel notes. Light acidic texture. Nice spicy bitter taste. Light bite to it. Definitely an above average, enjoyable brew... Maybe its screwed-up for a stock ale, I dont know, but maybe its not supposed to be a stock ale at all... Just an imperial red. If so, I think it works. Reds arent generally my thing, but I enjoyed this imperial red.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9645) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2009
courtesy of sirpsycho. Bottle received had a good til date of Oct 06. Pours murky orange with light brownish head. Aroma was a mix of malty and floral hops with strong grainy nose. Taste had significant dose of caramel malts and not much of hops to be noticed. Dont know what to think of this one, wish I had a newer bottle to get a better idea.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9617) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2007
My Bottom Line
Noble herbal hops and their citrusy wings float atop the chewy cereals. Another balanced masterpiece from Great Lakes which manages to please those in search of memorable flavors and those looking for a friendly pint.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear ochre red.
-Carbonation is perfect, helping drinkability and letting the malts build a smashing body.
-Herbal hop bitterness firmly greets the tastebuds before slowly fading away.
-Orangey fruitiness stems from the hoppiness and branches out into the sweet cereals.

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
12 oz bottle. Amber red colour. Malty sweet aroma, some heavily caramelized crystal and toasted malt with a sweet cherry fruitiness and a spicy hop bouquet throughout. Pine and earthy/mildly resinous hops. Sweet malts up front balance with the strong hoppiness later on. A bit of honeyed character. Some pine and black pepper on the finish. Tasty bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (9426) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pours red with thin white head, aroma is a bit citrusy and grassy. Taste up front is citrus, grass, some sweet caramel and a slightly bitter dry finish. Pretty average ale, didnt seem strong by any means, more like an EPA. Bottle age perhaps?


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